A two-time World Billiards champion and an Irish Tv and radio personality are among the stars hoping to win the inaugural English Billiards Social Series event.
Boston’s Q Club will host the first-ever competition, hosted by the newly-organised concept.
Middlesbrough-born Peter Gilchrist won the World Billiards Championship in both 1994 and 2001.
Since then he has taken Singaporean citizenship and now coaches their national side.
However, Gilchrist - who claimed the world-record best break in the sport with a 1,346 score in 2007 - will be among the 32 hopefuls aiming to come first at the Boston event.
Also competing will be Irish personality Aonghus McAnally.
The son of former film star Ray McAnally will arrive in Boston, not as a favourite, but as someone who just has a love for billiards.
Boston players Chris Taylor, Bernard French and Nigel Hackett will compete, along with Skegness’ ex-snooker pro Graham Cripsey.
The event will be held on January 25-27 and will be open to spectators.